5 Myths About Bathroom Wall Panels You Should Stop Believing

5 Myths About Bathroom Wall Panels You Should Stop Believing

British homes traditionally feature tiling in their bathrooms. However, there are simpler and more cost-effective ways to upgrade your bathroom décor. That’s where PVC wall panels come in, but for many people, they’re still a relatively new concept.

The problem with this lesser-known option is that there are several misconceptions out there that can put people off. With that in mind, this post will dispel five myths about bathroom wall panels, to help you decide what’s best for your home.

1. “Wall panels will look cheap and won’t leave a nice finish”

Unfortunately, not all wall panels on the market boast the same quality as ours and some no doubt lack visual appeal. However, at Igloo Surfaces, our PVC wall panels are made from high-quality materials and are available in a range of designs and colours to suit every taste.

Our high-gloss panels mimic high-end back painted glass and our mock marble tiling creates a natural stone effect for a fraction of the cost. Better yet, as PVC panels require minimal grout, there’s far less chance of mould or discolouration over time!

2. “PVC panels are only for commercial settings”

Bathroom wall panelling is certainly a popular choice in commercial settings as it’s affordable and large areas can be covered in little time. However, as a low-maintenance, budget-friendly option which comes in a variety of styles, it’s becoming increasingly popular in domestic households too.

3. “They won’t last as long as tiling”

Tiling can sometimes win in terms of longevity. However, that only comes with regular maintenance and re-grouting to keep them looking good. Plus, a spotless finish really calls for a professional and installation isn’t cheap – at least £50 per square metre on average.

Instead, wall panels are a more economical, hard-wearing and fully waterproof option. Lightweight yet tough, we’re so confident in our panels that we guarantee them for at least 10 years.

4. “Wall panels aren’t customisable – they won’t fit my space”

Our bathroom wall panels are very versatile and are designed with standard UK ceiling heights in mind. They can be used in showers, as bath surrounds and to create striking feature walls.  Our Arctic Infinity Range offers the most flexibility, with each design available in either 1, 2 and 3 panels, which can be cut to bespoke measurements to suit your needs.

5. “But you need specialist tools to install them…”

Actually, wall panelling is one of the few parts of a new bathroom that can be installed by your average DIYer and is a great way to keep costs down. You’ll only need a few tools and materials to install the panels, many of which are included in our handy all-in-one shower kit.

What’s more, as panels can be attached to existing tiling, you can revamp your bathroom without a messy removal process. Watch our useful how-to videos or read our simple step-by-step guide to learn how to install your new bathroom wall panels with ease.

Find your perfect bathroom wall panels

Time to stop listening to the myths and put bathroom wall panels to the test. At Igloo Surfaces, we offer a vast array of stunning wall panels for your bathroom, all water-resistant, low-maintenance and highly durable.

Take a look at our full range of bathroom wall panels online, or contact our team for more information on 01709 329117.

 

Small Cloakroom Toilet Ideas

Small Cloakroom Toilet Ideas

While the downstairs toilet may not be used very often, that doesn’t mean you should neglect it. As a room mostly used by visitors, it can leave a lasting impression on your guests. It’s also the perfect space for trying out a different style before using it in the rest your home – so why not make the most of it?

Read on as we look at a few small cloakroom toilet ideas to help maximise your space and add interest to the smallest room in your home.

Storage

With some downstairs toilets as small as 80cm x 140cm, clever storage solutions are vital. If floor space is at a premium, your best bet is either a small corner unit or to use your walls. A mirrored wall cabinet or some sleek shelving is a great way to add storage space while helping to keep the room airy. Alternatively, instead of blocking off the entire wall where the cistern and pipes are storied, create a clever boxed-in cupboard to store your bathroom essentials out of sight.

Wall décor

As we mentioned earlier, the smallest room in your home is the ideal place to experiment with new styles and colours. Add a splash of colour to the area behind your sink with an easy to install PVC wall panel. They’re fully waterproof, wipe clean and have minimal grouting.

Or, if you want to make a statement, why not create a feature wall? From scenic landscapes to mock brick effect panels, stunning PVC panels can help you create a cloakroom that your guests will be in awe of.

Fixtures & fittings

While this may be obvious, a compact toilet and rectangular or corner sink will help you make the most of the space you have. You’ll also need to carefully consider the fittings.

There’s no point choosing an impressive waterfall tap, for instance, if it’s likely to cause spillages when paired with a small basin. Instead, opt for unobtrusive fittings and save bolder designs for the main bathroom. Similarly, you might want to install a mounted heated towel rail instead of a standard radiator.

Lighting

Downstairs toilets often don’t have a window and if they do, it’s probably only small. That’s why it’s crucial to install good lighting to avoid the room looking dingy and uninviting. Spotlights embedded into your ceiling will brighten up the room and give a contemporary finish, without compromising on ceiling height.

Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a great option for areas prone to water splashes. It’s also more hygienic than many of the alternatives, as there’s zero wood content and no grouting which can harbour bacteria and become discoloured over time.

For a small room, try dark flooring with light coloured walls and ceilings to give the illusion of more space. Another option is to use the same colour on the walls and floor to create a seamless look and avoid visually cutting up the room.

Looking for advice?

Whether it’s the floor, walls or ceiling, PVC panels can help you turn even the smallest cloakroom toilet into a stylish and functional room.

If you need some installation tips, our helpful video guides are a great place to start. Or if you’ve got a particular question which isn’t covered in our FAQ section, our specialist team are on hand to help. Simply call on 01709 329117 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you.

 

How Much Does a New Bathroom Cost?

How Much Does a New Bathroom Cost?

Bathrooms are one of the most important rooms in any home. They’re used multiple times every day, and can add serious value to your property. But how much does it cost if you want to overhaul your bathroom and go for something new?

In this post, we’ll breakdown the costs and give you some helpful tips on how to replace your dated bathroom on a budget.

What is the total cost of a new bathroom?

Bathroom suites and installation costs vary greatly depending on the size of the room, the work that needs to be carried out and the time it will take.

According to an independent trade comparison site, the average cost of a basic to mid-range bathroom is anywhere between £2,750 and £6,500 in the UK. For premium ranges and bathrooms which require extensive remodelling, you can expect a price tag of at least £7,000.

Now, we realise that’s a big expense in the short-term. However, a new bathroom is a very worthwhile investment. Not only will it improve the look and feel of your home, but you could also add around 4-5% onto your property’s value.

Cost breakdown & tips

Materials

Typically, a standard bathroom suite will set you back around £1,000. Average mid-range pricing includes:

  • Bath – £200- £400
  • Toilet – £100-£300
  • Basin – £60 – £150
  • Basic mixer shower – £60+
  • Power shower – £250+
  • Shower enclosure – £120 – £300

Generally, this is where you can make the most savings when it comes to a new bathroom. However, if you decide to buy a budget suite, make sure you check the quality and that you choose decent fittings. Otherwise, you’ll end up paying twice as they’ll need replacing shortly after.

Bathroom removal

Before your new bathroom can be installed, the old one needs to be removed. Factoring in labour costs and skip hire, we recommend you budget at least £300 for this. To keep costs down, enlist the help of a friend and rip out the old suite yourselves – just be careful not to damage any pipes!

Tiling

Although a popular option, tiling comes at a premium. Tiles are difficult and time-consuming to install unless you’re highly experienced and if not done properly, you could face damp problems down the line. To get it done right, a professional installer will cost you in the region of £800-£900.

More than you were hoping to pay? PVC wall panels are a great alternative. Fully waterproof and much more budget-friendly, durable bathroom wall panels can be used in showers, as splashbacks or as bath surrounds. You can even find useful how-to videos to learn how to install them yourself.

Labour

Bathroom fitters typically charge a day rate of £150 – £250. While a simple replacement can be done in as little as two days, you might want to consider the additional labour costs of an entire structural redesign. As long as the current layout works for you, it’s probably not worth changing.

Flooring

Interestingly, flooring is often left out of bathroom installation quotes to keep them low. However, a new floor can make a big impact next to a white suite and will finish the room off to a high standard. Vinyl flooring works particularly well in bathrooms as it is hard-wearing, can withstand spillages and is highly slip-resistant.

Ready to get started?

If you want to cut the cost of your new bathroom without compromising one bit on style and quality, Igloo Surfaces is here to help. We stock a range of high-quality PVC panels for bathroom walls, floors and ceilings.

To help you decide which design and colour to go for, you can even get four samples for just £1!  What are you waiting for? Fill out our simple form and start your new bathroom journey today.

 

5 Super Stylish Bathroom Design Ideas

5-Super-Stylish-Bathroom-Design-Ideas

Want to bring your bathroom up to date? The great news is you don’t need to be a designer to achieve a great finish. Here are six super stylish and easy-to-recreate design ideas to inspire your DIY bathroom makeover.

1. Keep it simple with monochrome

Monochrome has got to be one of the simplest designs out there. It’s timeless and creates real impact. The stark contrast between opposing colours creates a striking look without the need to be garish.

Add drama with a sparkly black feature wall and co-ordinating accessories on a crisp white backdrop. A gloss finish will add depth, mixing contrasting textures to keep things interesting.

2. Take inspiration from nature

If you love the outdoors, why not bring some of the outside in? At Igloo, our authentic wood effect wall panels are a great alternative to expensive panelling. Pair with trailing plants in hanging baskets to really mimic the feeling of showering outdoors amongst nature.

Alternatively, create a scenic feature wall with a stunning landscape wall panel. That way you can enjoy the view from the comfort of your bathtub over and over again.

3. Go modern with sleek greys

Grey bathrooms are very on trend at the moment. They offer a sleek, contemporary feel that is effortlessly sophisticated. This versatile colour is available in a range of different hues and patterns, from soft mottled greys to sharp graphite effect tiling, and works well with any accent colour.

In smaller spaces, use large grey tiles and consider extending the same design across the walls and floor to create the illusion of more space. This works particularly well in stylish modern wet rooms.

4. Create a cool industrial feel

Often seen in city lofts and urban living spaces, exposed brick work harks back to our industrial history and adds character to any room. However, stripping your walls right back requires a lot of work and can make rooms feel cold – not what you want in a bathroom.

Instead, you can recreate this look with authentic brick effect wall panels. Ideal for a feature wall, these 100% waterproof panels are easy to fit and will give your bathroom the wow factor. Pair with copper fittings to add to the vintage aesthetic.

5. Add a touch of class with marble

Marble is known for its high-quality finish and luxury appeal. However, real marble tiles come at a price. To mimic this stylish design in your own bathroom minus the hefty price tag, try our realistic marble effect wall panels.

The distinctive pattern exudes opulence and adds texture to prevent neutral walls looking flat. Pair with warm natural oak-look flooring from our vinyl range, to complete the high-end finish for a fraction of the cost.

Stylish, long-lasting bathroom panels

At Igloo, we supply a range of top quality bathroom wall panels to suit a variety of different tastes. Whatever look you’re going for, we can help you create the bathroom of your dreams without the hassle or expense of traditional tiling.

Need further assistance? Give us a call on 01709 329117 to discuss your project.

The Best Bathroom Ceiling Material Options

The Best Bathroom Ceiling Material Options

When fitting a new bathroom ceiling, it’s important that you choose the right material. As bathrooms are naturally prone to moisture, you can’t simply paint over porous plaster as you might in other rooms.

Not sure where to start? We’ve compiled a list of common bathroom ceiling materials to help you choose the best option for you.

Fibreglass

Fibreglass is an inexpensive and water resistant material, frequently used in American bathrooms. This material can create an appealing ceiling in your bathroom and won’t sag over time due to its rigidity. It’s also non-combustible and comes in pre-cut panels to fit your space.

Unfortunately, however, fibreglass contains a formaldehyde binder which poses a health risk during installation. Its microfibres can penetrate dust masks and collect in your home, leading to respiratory problems. Specialist cleaning equipment is therefore needed to remove them and as such, fibreglass is best left to the experts rather than DIYers.

Tiles

Tiles are popular in bathrooms thanks to the polished look they offer. They come in a variety of colours and materials, from ceramic to high end marble. Most commonly, bathroom tiles are positioned in areas most prone to water splashes thanks to their waterproof qualities.

However, when installing tiles you need to use a tile backer and completely seal any gaps between the tiles. If you don’t, moisture could seep through and cause a build up of mildew. The other issue is that tiling is very time-consuming and can become expensive if you’ve got a large area to cover.

Cement board

Cement board is a strong and durable material, largely unaffected by moisture. Unlike other drywall materials, it does not swell or break down when wet. Because of this, it is often used as a protective backing material for tiling.

Despite this material’s composition, the biggest disadvantage of cement board is its weight. Due to this, it can be difficult to install on a ceiling without the help of experienced professionals. It also has a rough texture, so a smooth finish wouldn’t be instant.

Green board

Another alternative to standard drywall, is water-resistant green board. This material is coated in a thick paper protected by wax, to enable it to withstand steam in high humidity areas. However, it is not 100% waterproof so isn’t suitable for very wet areas.

Unfortunately, green board is also not as strong as standard drywall, despite being more expensive. To prevent it from sagging, it must be fastened to the wall every 12 inches, rather than the standard 16.

PVC panels

PVC panels are a simple, no fuss solution for your bathroom ceiling. This waterproof cladding is resistant to both mould and mildew, lightweight for easy installation and requires very little maintenance.

They’re also the most versatile option in terms of appearance. At Igloo, we stock a variety of modern, attractive designs to suit your décor. Our PVC panels are even more cost-effective than other ceiling materials and have been designed to stand the test of time.

Want quality ceiling panels?

At Igloo we supply top quality PVC ceiling panels at affordable prices. Whatever your style preference, we have a bathroom ceiling to suit you and all the materials you need to install it. Our PVC wall coverings even come with a 10 year guarantee!

How to Transform Your Bathroom on a Budget

How to Transform Your Bathroom on a Budget

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home – not mention one of the most valuable when it comes to selling. That’s why so many people want to keep their bathroom looking fresh and modern.

But with all the porcelain, plumbing and pouring water, that can seem quite daunting. Fortunately, it’s easier than you think. Read on for four simple ways to give your bathroom a new lease of life on a budget.

1. Refresh the walls

Traditional tiling is expensive and looks pretty dated. Bathroom wall panels are a modern, hard-wearing and long-lasting alternative that won’t break the bank. They’re 100% waterproof, suitable for showers and bath surrounds, and can even be fitted over existing tiles to save time.

Best of all, they give you a lot more freedom when it comes to the look of your bathroom. Choose from natural timber- and stone look panels, a range of colours and patterns, or just clean white.

2. Revamp the shower

Showers are the focal point of many modern bathrooms. With that in mind, you can give your whole bathroom a new look simply by redecorating the shower. Again, this is an area where PVC wall panels can help.

With an all-in-one kit, you get everything you need to transform the walls around your shower, making it look like an entirely new installation. Add a marble effect for something a bit different or go for cool, clean aqua panels for a timeless bathroom look.

3. Add more storage

Bathrooms aren’t typically renowned for their storage. This can soon lead to your bathroom becoming cluttered with shower gels, towels and toilet rolls. In many cases, finding a home for these bathroom essentials can be enough to give it a new lease of life.

Thankfully, there are lots of budget-friendly options out there:

  • An open shelving unit on the wall
  • A mirrored cabinet to keep smaller items out of the way
  • A freestanding storage unit with wicker baskets to keep towels tidied away

4. Upgrade your floor

With all the drips, drops and wet feet, bathroom floors can become tired over time. Replacing your floor with a modern alternative is sometimes all it takes to transform the whole room. If you’re looking for something that’s affordable without compromising on quality and style, vinyl flooring is hard to beat.

Unlike tiles and wood floors, vinyl flooring comes in a variety of colours and patterns to suit your taste. Go as bold or as neutral as you’d like – either way you can expect a top-quality finish at an affordable price.

Transform your bathroom today

If you want to give your bathroom a new lease of life without breaking the bank, Igloo Surfaces can help. We provide state-of-the-art PVC wall panels, shower kits and flooring that combine longevity, style and performance at a great price.

To make sure you find the right products, we supply four samples for just £1. Better yet, our quality wall panels are guaranteed for at least 10 years, so you can rest assured that your money has been well spent.

4 Filthy Problems with Bathroom Tiles Revealed

4 Filthy Problems with Bathroom Tiles Revealed

Tiles are among the most common features in bathrooms across the UK. They provide a waterproof covering for the walls and floors around baths, showers, and toilets. But hidden in that covering are plenty of nasty surprises.

In this post, we’ll look at four ways bathroom tiles can cause a filthy problem in your home.

1. Dirt builds up in the grouting

Bathroom tiles are non-porous, meaning they don’t absorb anything that splashes or runs onto them. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the grouting that holds them in place. Sitting in between tiles, grouting provides the perfect place for dirt and bacteria to gather and build up.

Needless to say, this is far from hygienic for anyone touching those surfaces. Over time, it can even lead to grouting becoming discoloured. When you consider why it’s discoloured, it’s enough to make anyone think twice about tiling their own bathroom.

2. You can’t clean it

The worst thing about dirty grouting around tiles is that you can’t just wipe it away. Unlike wall panels, which can be easily wiped clean, grouting requires special solutions and lots of elbow grease.

Scouring the internet will bring up suggestions for bicarbonate of soda, old toothbrushes and lots of elbow grease just to get it looking partly clean. That’s hardly ideal in a room where you’re supposed to be cleaning yourself.

3. Rot underneath

Tiles are seen as a waterproof solution for bathroom walls and floors. However, even the smallest gap in the grouting lets water through. Once it gets underneath the tiles, it can allow mould to grow and lead to the wall or floorboard underneath decaying and rotting.

The worst bit? You won’t see the damage developing because your tiles are covering it. This can lead to truly filthy revelations should you pull your tiles off, which could cost lots to repair depending on how long it’s been happening.

4. Filthy removal

The final filthy part of tiles? Removing them. Raking out the grout and chiselling away at tiles will leave your bathroom an absolute mess with cracked tiles, dirty grouting, and heaps of dust all over the place.

That’s not even considering the state your wall will be in, with cracks and lumps the best-case scenario.

What’s the alternative?

Whether it’s the grimy grouting build-up or the potential water ingress and rot, bathroom tiles are far from a clean option for your home. Fortunately, there is an alternative. Bathroom wall panels are made from waterproof PVC, making them the perfect alternative to bathroom tiles.

There’s no need for masses of grouting, just a small amount of silicone between each panel. Much larger than bathroom tiles, they can also be easily wiped clean with soapy water and a soft cloth.

Best of all, wall panels can be installed over tiles, so you don’t need to embark on a messy removal to renovate your bathroom. At Igloo Surfaces, our bathroom wall panels even come with a 10- to 20-year guarantee depending on the specific product, so you can rest assured they’ll stand the test of time.

Are Shower Panels a Good Idea?

Are Shower Panels a Good Idea?

There’s no shortage of new products for your home, which aim to make life easier and more efficient. Some stick around, like the virtual assistant, while others simply fade away. Anyone remember mini-fridges?

So, where do shower panels fit in? Relatively new onto the scene, shower panels act as an alternative to tiles and other water-resistant surfaces for your shower. In this post, we’ll explore whether they’re a good idea that’s here to stay or an unnecessary trend that’s already on its way out.

Do they work?

The first check for any good idea is whether it works. Shower panels pass that test with flying colours, as long as they’re from a good supplier.

Made from PVC, shower panels are completely water resistant. They’re hard-wearing to hold up against the inevitable knocks and bumps of a shower, and can even be wiped clean for minimal maintenance.

Filling a gap

The old saying goes, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s why the next test for shower panels is whether they improve on the status quo. Namely – tiles, which are the most popular option for showers and bathrooms.

Quite simply, the answer is yes. Shower panels are a superior alternative to bathroom tiles, both in form and function. They reduce the need for grouting, which is essentially tiles’ Achilles heel. With just a small amount of sealant required, there’s far less chance of anything wearing away and letting water through.

Will they last?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing when it comes to your home. Whether it’s a cheap contractor or a budget vacuum cleaner, so many investments prove unwise after a few months or years of use. Fortunately, shower panels aren’t one of them.

At Igloo, our shower panel kits come with a guarantee of 10 to 20 years depending on the specific product. That means you can rest assured they’ll grace your home or commercial property for years to come.

The installation hurdle

While longevity is crucial, many people realise something was a bad idea when they come to install it. That’s certainly the case with cheap flat-pack furniture, for example. Fortunately, the same isn’t true for shower panels.

We’ve designed our shower panels with easy installation in mind. Kits come with everything you need, from trims and end caps to adhesives and sealants. Crucially, that’s paired with clear instructions and even online help guides to make sure you install your panels like a pro.

Best of all, you can even install them over tiles as long as the surface is flat and nothing is loose. That means there’s no need to spend hours chipping away at your walls.

How about the looks?

Finally, there’s the appearance. By now, we’re all well aware that products have to look the part as well as walking the walk. Thankfully for shower panels, they fit the bill yet again.

Unlike tiles, which are actually quite restrictive and dated in their appearance, shower panels come in an array of styles and colours. Go for a classic clean white, get a natural look with marble and stone effects or choose from a selection of vibrant colours.

Shower panels allow you to achieve whichever look you want. Modern or classic, bright or understated – the choice is yours.

See for yourself

Whether it’s their performance, appearance or longevity, shower panels are a good idea across the board. At Igloo Surfaces, we stock a wide range of stunning shower panel kits which give you everything you need to put shower panels to the test and see the amazing results.

Need any more information? Give us a call on 01709 329117 to discuss your project.

The Pros & Cons of Cheap Wet Wall Panels

The Pros & Cons of Cheap Wet Wall Panels

Wet wall panels are a great way to renovate your bathroom without the hassle of tiling. While they’re naturally cost-effective, many people look to save even more on the job with cheap wet wall panels.

Good idea? Or something you’ll regret? In this post, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of cheap options and determine the best wet wall panels for your home or commercial property.

Pro – A cheap price

As the name suggests, cheap wet wall panels are certainly cheaper than their high-end counterparts. The obvious benefit here is that you will save money right now. That makes it more affordable to renovate your bathroom in the short term.

Con – Cheap performance

Unfortunately, that cut in price comes at a cost to the performance. Cheap wet wall panels are unlikely to be as hard-wearing as top-quality panels. They’ll get damaged by knocks and bumps leaving your bathroom looking tired and worn. In some cases, they won’t even protect your wall from the splashes and spills in your bathroom, leaving damp to develop underneath the panels.

Con – Cheap appearance

Cheap wet wall panels might look the part from afar, or on nicely doctored product images. That’s not the case up close. Anyone using your bathroom – whether it’s customers, guests or just you and your family – will be able to tell the difference between good wet wall panels and their cheap counterparts.

Con – Poor installation

The best wet wall panels have been designed with ease-of-use in mind. They come with clear instructions and can be fit over existing tiles to save you time and effort. Cheap panels, on the other hand, will often leave you to fend for yourself with a lack of instructions and no idea about best practice.

Con – False economy

With the tacky appearance, sub-rate performance and imperfect installation, it’s only a matter of time before you decide to replace your cheap wet wall panels. If you stick to your guns with the cheap option, that means forking out again and again for more of the same. It’s not long before your initial cost-saving has vanished.

In contrast, high-quality wet wall panels give you years of style and function. Over time, they work out as a more cost-effective option, making cheap wet wall panels actually more expensive in the long run.

Top quality wet wall panels

The saying goes “buy cheap, buy twice.” That’s certainly the case for wet wall panels. At Igloo Surfaces, we specialise in long-lasting quality over a race to the bottom when it comes to your walls.

Our bathroom and shower wall panels are stylish, hard-wearing and easy to install. Available in a range of colours and finishes, our wet wall panels even come with a 10- to 20-year guarantee. That means you can rest assured you’ll be getting plenty of use from your investment.